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Israel halts transfer of fuel to Gaza in response to arson balloons

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Zeyad Thabet, Director General of Electricity Distribution Company in Gaza, said the move “will badly influence the schedule of electricity distribution all over the Gaza Strip’’.

Israel’s chief liaison office with the Palestinians said in a statement that it had stopped the fuel supply “until further notice’’.

Thabet said that Gaza “will lose 75 megawatts of electricity if the power station completely stops’’.

Qatar buys 10 million dollars worth of fuel from Israel every month to operate the Gaza power station.

Gaza has suffered from severe electricity shortages over the past 12 years, since Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Strip, citing security reasons.

According to Thabet, the lack of fuel would mean Gaza would have an average of eight hours of electricity per day as opposed to the current 12 hours a day.

Eyad al-Qarra, a political analyst close to Hamas in Gaza, said “the declaration of the occupation (Israel) to stop supplying Gaza power station with fuel is like opening fire at the remaining Egyptian and UN brokered understandings’’.

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Palestine urges ICC to investigate Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

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Palestine on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an official investigation into Israel’s demolition of homes of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that Israeli authorities are demolishing homes and private constructions in East Jerusalem as part of its plan to expand its own settlements in the city.

“Israel is fighting the existence of the Palestinians in Jerusalem in order to consolidate the presence of Jewish settlers and change the characters of the holy city by force,” said the ministry in a statement.

“Demolitions may be considered as war crimes under international law and the Geneva Convention, as well as being a flagrant violation of UN resolutions that state that East Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967,” added the statement.

According to Israeli and Palestinian sources, Israel demolished six commercial shops under construction and a house belonging to a family of seven members in East Jerusalem, citing a lack of licensing that is extremely difficult to obtain for Palestinians.

Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of 27 residential and non-residential structures in East Jerusalem during the first quarter of 2020, according to UN figures.

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Bacteria live inside all cancer cells: Israeli research

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JERUSALEM, June 2 (Xinhua) – Israeli researchers have found that all types of cancer cells are a comfortable haven for bacteria, the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in central Israel reported Tuesday.

This finding, part of a WIS study published in the journal Science, may help predict the potential effectiveness of certain treatments, as a result of understanding the relationship between a cancer cell and its “mini-microbiome.”

It also may point to ways of manipulating those bacteria to enhance the actions of anticancer treatments.

The study, of over 1,000 tumor samples of different human cancers, found bacteria living inside the cells of all cancer types.

Thus, the team described in high resolution the bacteria living in brain, bone, breast, lung, ovary, pancreas, colorectal and melanoma cancers.

They also discovered that different cancer types harbor different bacteria species, as breast cancers had the largest number and diversity of bacteria.

Electron microscopy visualization of these bacteria demonstrated that they prefer to nestle up in a specific location inside the cancer cell, close to the cell nucleus.

The team also reported that bacteria can be found not only in cancer cells, but also in immune cells that reside inside tumors.

“Some of these bacteria could be enhancing the anticancer immune response, while others could be suppressing it. This may be especially relevant to understanding the effectiveness of certain immunotherapies,” the researchers said.

“We hope that by finding out how exactly bacteria fit into the general tumor ecology, we can figure out novel ways of treating cancer,” they concluded.

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Israel’s Netanyahu calls on settler leaders to support Trump plan

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged leaders of the Jewish settlements to support a proposal to annex parts of the West Bank, based on United States President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan.

Representatives of the settlers and national religious movement oppose the United States plan, because they object to the founding of a Palestinian state on the remainder of the land.

Proposals for annexation may be submitted to parliament for approval from July.

“We face a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty to areas of Judea and Samaria [West Bank],” Netanyahu said at a meeting with leading members of the Yesha Council of settlers, according to a statement released by his office.

“If they want to divide the land and establish an Arab state in the land of the Bible, even if they claim it’s “in better conditions” for us – then no thanks,” national religious lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Netanyahu has vowed the time has come to annex West Bank settlements pending United States approval.

The Middle East plan presented by Trump in January calls for some 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank to become part of Israel under any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

That plan has been rejected by Palestinians out of fear it will recognise Israeli claims to parts of the West Bank that they want for a future state.

As a consequence, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently cancelled all agreements with Israel and the United States

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Israeli PM says discussing West Bank annexation plan with United States

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he is in talks with the U.S. administration over pushing forward his controversial plan to annex a portion of the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu made the remarks during a meeting with heads of the “Yesha Council,” an umbrella group of Jewish municipal councils of West Bank settlements. The meeting was also attended by speaker of the parliament Yariv Levin, who is also a lawmaker with Netanyahu’s Likud party.

“We have a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty in the territories of Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said, using the Israeli name for the West Bank.

The prime minister said he is “in discussions” with U.S. officials over the implementation of the plan to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley. “It was agreed to continue the dialogue,” he said.

He reiterated his commitment to negotiate on the basis of United States President Donald Trump‘s “peace plan,” which the Palestinians have rejected as biased and unfair.

Netanyahu made the annexation a main promise during his re-election campaign in March.

The Palestinians consider the annexation as illegal and the European Union warned that the move will harm chances for peace. Several European states have called for sanctions on Israel, should it move ahead with the plan.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said last month that the Palestinian Authority is no longer committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the United States.

Israel seized the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 war and kept controlling it ever since despite international criticism.

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Palestine says seeks UN resolution against Israel’s annexation plan

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A senior Palestinian official said on Tuesday that Palestine is seeking to approach the UN General Assembly for a resolution against the Israeli plan to annex occupied Palestinian territories.

Speaking to the official Voice of Palestine radio, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki said the annexation plan is “dangerous” and “rejected by the international community.”

“Our attitude is to politically isolate the Israeli government and the United States … in order to exert a huge pressure on Israel not to implement the plan,” he noted.

The Palestinian leadership is explaining to the international community that the Israeli annexation plan will undermine the vision of the two-state solution along the 1967 borders,” Maliki added.

The Israeli government is planning to impose sovereignty on the Jordan Valley, an equivalent of 30 percent of the West Bank, as well as several Jewish settlements in the region starting July.

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Police arrest suspect over threats against Israeli prime minister

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Israeli police on Tuesday said it arrested a suspect over alleged threats against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on social media.

The Police’s national cyber unit identified the suspect as a 21-year-old man from northern Israeli.

According to Israeli news outlet ynet, the suspect is an Israeli soldier, and was set to appear before a court in central Israel on Tuesday.

“A few days ago I filed a complaint with the police about a series of threats to kill me and my family,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“Today, to my regret, I was forced to file another complaint against a despicable person who detailed how he plans to kill me and my family,” he added, attaching a screenshot of a threat against him.

The screenshot included a suggestion to behead the Netanyahu family and hang their bodies from the balcony of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

In May, police said Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister’s son, had filed complaints over threats and incitement against him.

In recent weeks, Netanyahu has been the subject of protests both for and against him, as his corruption trial began last week, making him the first sitting prime minister in the country’s history to stand trial.

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was officially indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust in January.

Following three general elections in less than a year, Netanyahu was sworn in last month as the head of an emergency unity government including his Likud party and the centrist Blue and White Alliance of his former main rival Benny Gantz.


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Israel launches national clean-up program at cost of 42.9 mln USD

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Israel has launched a national plan for the cleanliness of public spaces in local authorities, the state’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) said Monday.

According to the ministry’s statement, the program will cost 150 million new shekels (about 42.9 million United States dollars) for three years.

The plan includes several actions, most notably the setting of an index for cleanliness and monitoring of the public spaces, as well as giving assistance to local authorities to improve cleanliness level.

As part of the program, supervision and enforcement will be increased, and publicity campaigns will be launched.

According to the ministry, the cleanliness of the public space affects the lives of all residents.

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News Analysis: Political ties between Palestine, Israel hard to be disengaged despite Palestinian abolition of bilateral agreements

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The political ties between Israel and Palestine are difficult to be disengaged although the Palestinians announced the abolition of all the agreements reached with Israel in response to Israeli annexation plan, said Palestinian political analysts.

Nabil Amro, a former Palestinian diplomat, said that “the absence of a political track to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has turned the relationship between the two sides to be so hard to get disengaged.”

“The transitional Oslo Accords had established a de facto status during the past 25 years, which included administrative and economic ties and daily life coordination that it is hard to skip nowadays,” said Amro.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced two weeks ago that the state of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization are not bound to all the bilateral agreements that had been reached with the governments of Israel and the United States.

A few days later, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye announced that the Palestinian side began to implement the leadership’s decision on the ground and has stopped coordination with Israel on all levels, including security cooperation.

The Palestinian decision was made in response to an Israeli government plan of annexing the Jordan Valley and imposing Israeli sovereignty on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which is expected to come into effect on July.

However, some local Palestinian political analysts told Xinhua in separate remarks that the practical implementation of the Palestinian decision of ending all the agreements with Israel is very complicated in regards to the nature of entanglement in the ties between the two sides over the past two decades.

Hani al-Masri, director of Masarat Center for Researches and Studies in Ramallah, said that “the intertwining relationship between Israel and Palestine is very big and large, and both sides’ interests are linked. Therefore, it will be so hard to overcome the existing agreements.”

“Implementing the decision of ending all the agreements with Israel is a hard disengagement and needs a long process that must start with gradual steps until reaching the level of the abolition of all agreements and understandings,” said al-Masri.

He suggested that the Palestinian side can put a multi-stage plan to make a gradual disengagement from all agreements and understandings reached with Israel.

“Then, the Palestinians can reach a stage of changing facts on the ground and reach the goal of ending the Israeli occupation,” al-Masri added.

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians had stopped in 2014, nine months after it had been sponsored by the United States without achieving any breakthrough to resolve the conflict which has been going on for so many decades.

United States President Donald Trump‘s controversial peace plan, known as the Deal of the Century, made it more complicated for both sides to resume their peace talks after the Palestinians slammed the United States plan and rejected it.

While Israel insists on annexing around 30 percent of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and several Israeli settlements, the Palestinians said that this plan means that Israel on purpose is undermining the vision of the two-state solution.

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Israel discovers 1,800-year-old marble faucet with lion’s face

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A 1,800-year-old Roman marble faucet, shaped as a lion’s face, was discovered in northern Israel, the Nature and Parks Authority (NPA) said Monday.

This fancy architectural relic was discovered near a bathhouse in the ancient village of Sepphoris by a citizen who visited the national park where the village’s remains are located, according to the NPA.

The lion-decorated faucet, which also has human features, adorned a fountain in ancient times for the water to come out of the figure’s mouth.

According to NPA‘s archaeologists, such faucets were common from the Hellenistic period through the Roman and Byzantine periods to the Middle Age.

Faucets of this type were usually designed with shapes of humans, animals or mythological figures and used for decorating bath facilities, nymphaions and fountains.

According to the NPA, the quality marble stone from which the faucet is made was probably imported from ancient Turkey.

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